The Last Nasturtiums

I’ve always gauged the end of the year by the first serious frost, which always tends to flatten the nasturtiums. In my mind winter starts when the nasturtiums finish. The calendar may disagree, but that’s how I see it.

They are actually doing quite well in the Mencap gardens at the moment. The nasturtiums are still looking reasonable, and there are quite a few stragglers in the beds. My original thought for a post was “The Last Geranium” but the photograph didn’t come out that well.


As you can see, there is still a lot of colour in the garden, though it’s mainly just a few stragglers rather than beds of colour now. The sumac has mainly shed its leaves now, though the sedums are still showing well.

The ElephantΒ  Grass (Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus) is still looking good, with its stripes and fronds and the teasel, always looks good at this time of year.


In fact there’s so much to show that I’ve just posted photos and I’ll let them speak for themselves.

There were birds around too, plus a new art installation and piece falling off the camera – an interesting day all round, and material for a second post.

24 thoughts on “The Last Nasturtiums

  1. jodierichelle

    You had me at Nasturtiums. For some reason I just love them. Around here, the basil and the sweet potato vines are the first to die with the frost. We haven’t seen that yet, but it could be any day.

    1. quercuscommunity

      They self-seed, they are lovely colours, they can be used to decoy caterpillars, they flower better in poor soil and you can eat them and their leaves. There is nothing about them to dislike. πŸ™‚

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  3. Helen

    I have the same feeling about nasturtiums and winter – and am pleased that there is still so much colour about. In terms of flowers at least, as the trees haven’t been spectacular this year.


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